Environmental Grant Program

Our commitment to protecting the environment runs deep and we’re proud to support the efforts of local organizations that share our vision. Established in 2005, our annual Environmental Grant Program offers funding for innovative, community-based environmental projects that improve, restore or protect the watersheds, surface water and groundwater supplies in our local communities.

For more information, please see our 2019 Program Brochure and Grant Application Form.

In 2018, six Environmental Grant recipients received a share of grant funds totaling nearly $40,000 for their community-based projects that improve, restore or protect watersheds:

  • Allegheny Land Trust – Wingfield Pines Habitat Restoration and Weed Whackers Volunteer Corps - The grant will be used to plant 300 native plants along the riparian habitat of Wingfield Pines, and train “Weed Whackers” volunteers on invasive plant identification and management.
  • Berks County Conservation District – Cacoosing & Wyomissing Creek Stream Cleanup and Riparian Planting - Funding will support tree planting and environmental educational signage along Cacoosing and Wyomissing Streams. Volunteers will also complete stream cleanups along a one-mile area of the streams.
  • Carnegie Shade Tree Commission – The Carnegie Biochar Project - The project will apply an innovative material called “biochar,” which is a form of charcoal, to urban soil planters and gardens. The group will test the benefits of biochar in improving water quality and aiding in stormwater retention. 
  • Lackawanna River Conservation Association – Community Rain Garden Outreach Program -With the funding, LRCA will implement a rain garden program and contest in the Lackawanna River Watershed. The project will include public education for best management practices for bio-retention.
  • National Audubon Society, John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove – Native Plants for Watershed Protection and Birds - The project includes adding 1,000 native plants along Stony Creek and Schuylkill River to reduce stormwater runoff. Local Norristown area school students will grow plants in a greenhouse and create demonstration gardens using native plants. 
  • Warren County Conservation District – Where Would Our Stream Be Without Trees? - The organization will conduct weekly water quality monitoring on Barton Run and plant a riparian buffer zone to determine benefits of riparian zones to water quality and health of streams.

A panel of judges selected the grant recipients from nearly 30 applications, which were evaluated on such criteria as environmental need, innovation, community engagement and sustainability. 


Norristown High School students arrange native plantings in flower boxes for Environmental Grant project, in partnership with National Audubon Society, to protect watersheds and wildlife habitat.

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Berks County Conservation District Watershed Coordinator Kent Himelright (second from right) accepts grant from Pennsylvania American Water’s Jim Gable and John Rothwell, surrounded by local volunteers who participated in tree planting in Spring Township.